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Gibraltar War Tunnels To Become Massive Wine Cellar

16 October 2018

32 miles of tunnels built before WWII to store vintage wine and offer a visitors centre

Gibraltar Tourist Board

A warren of military tunnels inside the Rock of Gibraltar are being converted into the world’s largest natural storage facility for investment grade wines.

The tunnels are part of some 32 miles of tunnels and caverns, carved into the Rock by the Royal Engineers shortly before WWII, in the event of an attack on Gibraltar that have been lying empty for decades.

Scientific testing of the limestone hulk revealed the perfect natural conditions for wine storage. The project is being conducted with the help of the Heritage Trust and local historians and will feature an interpretation and tasting centre.

It is hoped that the facility will attract interest from the wine tourism industry and bring a new economic activity for Gibraltar, with a capacity of over 1.2 million cases of fine wine for private clients. Gibraltar Vault will be the world’s largest, natural underground wine cellar.

The wine vault and heritage tour will take 2 hours with 5 separate tour slots available per day from 0900 – 1700 and will cost £20. The attraction tells the story of the wine trade in Gibraltar and the history of the tunnels themselves

The first stage of the project, the visitor centre is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

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